The following op-ed has been authored by a non-clinician.
The secret to America's greatness lies in our ability to identify a need and then find a solution.
During the past 150 years, America invented the top 11 of the 13 greatest inventions that changed the world.
Those innovations came about roughly every 7.25 years.
Electricity, the telephone, the airplane, the assembly line, nuclear power, television and the internet are just some of America's great inventions that catapulted the nation's economy, permanently transforming the way we live and work.
Today, we are still responding to the needs of our national interest in the development of vaccines for COVID-19 in record time.
No great American invention would be possible without public/private partnerships
The government is a necessary component of invention and innovation.
When President John F. Kennedy announced in the early 1960’s America would send a man to the moon by the end of that decade decade, people scoffed declaring its impossibility.
President Kennedy incentivized, challenged, and inspired the government and private sectors and in the summer of 1969, America landed a man on the moon.
As a result of this achievement, the world benefited by the products that were made available to the private sector: plastics, computers, and insulation — just to name a few.
Like Kennedy, President Trump when faced with a national pandemic challenged the public and private sectors to find a vaccine in record time.
The president said in the Spring of 2020 that America would have a vaccine by the end of the year. The media scoffed and said he "would need a miracle" for that to happen.
His political adversaries called him a "liar," adding that it was "impossible."
America is at her greatest when we are challenged.
President Trump cut red-tape, provided funding and partnered government agencies with the private sector companies with the singular focus of providing a vaccine by the end of the year.
As a result of our nation's 45th commander in chief's call to action (and the government and private sectors' ability to work for a common goal), vaccines are being made available to the American people as we speak.
America's continued greatness rests in our continued ability to continue to innovate and invent not only for ourselves, but for the needs of others as well.
Congress should be on the lookout for outstanding American companies that are making a difference in all sectors of our economy.
No great invention as ever been accomplished without a public/private partnership.
It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention.
America’s continued greatness lies in our ability to innovate.
The minute we cede our invention superiority to others we cease being a world power.
China cannot compete with our innovation and invention. They rather steal technology than originate it themselves.
What President Trump was able to do with inventing coronavirus vaccines in record time will benefit our nation with other medical, logistical and national challenges we will face in years to come.
"Operation Warp Speed" was one small step for science and one giant leap for America’s unending ingenuity and innovation.
Bradley A. Blakeman was a deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004. A principal of the 1600 Group, a strategic communications firm, he is an adjunct professor of public policy and international affairs at Georgetown University and a frequent guest on Fox News and Fox Business. Mr. Blakeman is also a registered lobbyist for the Communications Workers of America. Read Bradley Blakeman's Reports — More Here.
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